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posted Mar 17, 2020, 2:19 PM by Executive Director


By  Lars Baggenstos

An all new body of sculptural work by local Artist Lars Baggenstos Sculptor & Illustrator.

Opening Reception
When: Friday Feb 7th / 5:30-8pm
*Short Artist Talk at 7pm*

Where: VISAC Gallery, 1501 Cedar Ave, Trail 
Lowest Level of Community Building

Who: Everyone is welcome.
Light refreshments are provided and a small, cash wine bar.

Artist Statement for this new body of work; FRACTURA :

"This series has its roots in a violent experience I had in 2014, which left me wondering about the other invisible scars people carry around within. My thoughts went further to other living beings and their untold stories of violence and trauma.
Now, five years after the incident, it felt like the right time to create a series about untold stories of hidden memories and overgrown stories. The idea of invisible scars reminded me of working with lumber. You never know what you might encounter beneath the layer of bark: while removing layer upon layer of growth, old injuries and traumata are revealed. "

" For this series, I chose to work with discarded walnut logs. Agricultural trees like these carry multitudes of signs and marks – their lives’ stories buried deep within annual growth rings. Sawn-off branches, regrown. Axe marks, rebar, nails and buckshot. This story is one of violent memories and how we heal, mend and adapt. 

The traditional technique of woodcarving is by its nature a long, drawn out process, one that demands constant and repeated reflection upon the figure emerging beneath the tools. This long, contemplative engagement with the material determines the character of the final figure: a more complex a presence emerges. It is a technique that lends itself to complex stories."

MAIL ART+ , a showing of VISAC permanent collection & collections on loan.

posted Feb 7, 2020, 9:44 AM by Executive Director

Fall 2019

posted Dec 18, 2019, 11:24 AM by Executive Director

Beyond the Line

The West Kootenay Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists (WKCFCA) is presenting “Beyond the Line,” a juried exhibit of paintings, at the VISAC Gallery, downtown Trail, from November 8th to December 13th.

"Beyond the Line” is well represented by ten WKCFCA artists: Sandra Donohue and Astrid Pinkerton of Robson: Lis Semenoff of Trail; Barb Pistak of Rossland; Robyn Gold of Salmo; Sandra Irvine of Nelson; Helen Whyte of Kaslo; Elaine Alfoldy of Erickson; Carol Retzlaff of Glade; and Darlene Dautel of Grand Forks.

The Federation of Canadian Artists, founded in 1941, is a community of artists and art lovers. The head office and gallery are located in Vancouver, on Granville Island, where bi-monthly juried exhibits by emerging and signature artists are featured. Its mission is to promote the passion and pleasure of the visual arts through exhibition, education and communication. The FCA, a non-profit organization has chapters throughout Canada. More information about the FCA membership, exhibits, and workshops can be found on its website: www.artists.ca . The West Kootenay Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists was founded in Trail, in 2001.For information about the WKCFCA, visit their website: www.wkcfca.com , or visit their Facebook page West Kootenay Chapter FCA.

River Relations

posted Nov 12, 2019, 2:28 PM by Executive Director

River Relations, A Beholder's Share of the Columbia River.

Works by Artists Genevieve Robertson, John Holmgren, Nick Conbere, Fred Wah, Rita Wong, Emmy Willis & Zoe Kostuchuk!

When: Opening Reception: Sept 20, 2019 / 5:30-8pm
Who: Everyone's invited! Light refreshments will be offered.
Showing: Sept 20 - Nov 1
Where: 1501 Cedar Ave, Downtown Trail, BC
Lowest Level of Community Building

"An interdisciplinary artistic research project undertaken as a response to the damming and development of the Columbia River in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, and the upcoming renegotiation of the
Columbia River Treaty."

Find out more on this amazing exhibit and it's artworks at riverrelations.ca

Crowe High Art Showcase

posted Nov 12, 2019, 2:23 PM by Executive Director

Over & Under pottery show

posted May 30, 2019, 2:51 PM by Executive Director

Over & Under

VISAC Pottery Club Spring Show & Sale!

showing April 5 - May 17, 2019

VISAC Pottery Club Annual Spring Show & Sale!
Over & Under, opening night April 5th 6-8pm.

Everyone's invited.
1501 Cedar Ave, Trail BC

Planters, hangers, chimes, pots & more!
Door prizes, refreshments, & a Bob Ross Memorial Ceremony.

People Choice Sculpture Contest! Theme: Forms

We will be dedicating the VISAC Pottery Studio to Boss Ross's memory for all the work and support he gave to VISAC and the Trail Arts community back in its foundation days.

Did you know Bob Ross? If you have a sentence or 2 you would like to have added to Bob Ross's memorial wall during the show please comment on it below in the comments and it will get printed out and added to his story board fo the duration of the pottery show.

Diane Oser - Memorial Exhibit

posted Apr 11, 2019, 1:46 PM by Executive Director

Artist's Biography - Diane Oser – 12/26/1955 to 11/21/2018

Diane Malcha Oser was originally from Montreal, Quebec. From a young age she was interested in both music and the arts, attending the McGill Conservatory of Music and the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. As a young adult she relocated to Vancouver, BC, where she attended the art program at Capilano College,

During the busy years of raising her children she continued to paint and teach piano For a period of time she was able to return to Montreal and further her education at Concordia University's Fine Arts program.

As an artist, Diane enjoyed working with all mediums, though her particular favorites are oils and watercolors. Another skill that Diane acquired was the restoration of fine oil paintings, something she learned while apprenticing with a Master Furniture Restorer in Montreal.

For her last 29 years Diane lived in the West Kootenay in BC. Most of this time was spent in Salmo, BC. In 2007 she married and moved  with her husband Doug Alder and their 3 cats and two dogs to Trail BC where Diane continued teaching art and piano. In 2008 Diane's paintings were part of the Trail and District Art Walk and has also shown at the annual 'Art of Wine” fundraising event for the pediatric unit at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, here in Trail.

Diane was an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, and won the Gold Award for a painting  exhibited in June 2009

Muse: The art of Comic & Illustration - Erin Shuttleworth

posted Apr 11, 2019, 1:44 PM by Executive Director

About Erin Shuttleworth :
Erin is a comic artist and illustrator who specializes in works of fantasy and comedy. Her work is a combination of digital art and traditional ink, with strong, thick linework. Influenced by “The God of Manga”, Osamu Tezuka, her art is a blend of western and eastern styles, with stories that focus on human relationships, magic and love.

Erin has been drawing and making comics for 20 years. Since graduating from UVic with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2014, she has been expanding her body of work to include children’s books and illustration. She has been published in magazines, newsletters and books, with many more self-published projects ongoing. Her most popular series is Skeleton Joe, written by Spencer Crispin, about a Skeleton’s daily life. Some titles include: “Skeleton Joe Finds Fresh Fruit”, “Skeleton Joe and the Day of Mild Inconveniences” and “Skeleton Joe’s Fishing Jamboree Extraordinaire”.
Never taking herself too seriously, Erin is always having fun while making art. A huge fan of video games, comics, cartoons, movies and books, she is unable to resist sneaking in references. Her time travel/fantasy comic, Mindless MUSE, has a main set of characters reminiscent of old-school JRPG video games - The thief, mage, princess and warrior - and the characters “level up” as time goes on, learning new skills and abilities.

Erin is excited to share her work with the Kootenays, and inspire fellow creators and patrons of the arts to explore the ever growing medium of comic and illustration.

Step into My Stories, by artist Kelly Shpeley

posted Nov 5, 2018, 11:36 AM by Executive Director

Step into my Stories, a solo exhibit by Kelley Shpeley

"Each of my paintings tells a story. The viewer is the writer."

-Kelly Shpeley 
Nelson Artist & Creatrix

Kelly is a self taught, multi-disciplinary surrealist from Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. She has had gallery showings in Canada, the United States, and Norway. She’s been published in Juxtapoz Magazine, Print Work, and Trend Prive. She has also worked in the film industry with a number of directors ( Steven Spielberg, Duncan Jones, and J.J. Abrams, etc...) She also worked with Miss Norway on a body painting photoshoot for Print Work magazine. She’s done artwork for Stan Lee... Excelsior! And was lucky also to be part of Neil Gaiman’s "Calendar of Tales" (January). She also painted the original poster for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (Coastal Jazz) 2015, and was commissioned to do 2 large works for them. John Cleese and Noam Chomsky, are a couple proud owners of some of her art prints. She is currently working on a stop motion animation, and was part of the Tiny Lights Festival, Kaslo Jazz Fest, and most recently the Nelson International Mural Festival. Kelly has many new projects on the horizon.

Crowe High School Art Showcase

posted Sep 4, 2018, 2:34 PM by Executive Director   [ updated Sep 4, 2018, 2:34 PM ]

June 1 - June 15, 2018
Celebrating the amazing art of the Crowe High School art students. 
So many wonderful mediums and styles by these talented young artists. 

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